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Genus Gibasis Family Commelinaceae

Description: Perennial herbs; stems prostrate or ascending; roots fibrous.

Leaves sessile.

Inflorescences terminal or sometimes axillary, pairs or umbels of cymes, cymes pedunculate; spathaceous bract absent; bracteoles persistent. Flowers bisexual, radially symmetric; pedicels well developed; sepals distinct, subequal; petals distinct, white, equal; stamens 6, all fertile; filaments bearded.

Capsule 3-valved, 3-locular. Seeds 2 per locule.


Distribution and occurrence: 11 spp, native from Mexico to tropical South America.

A few species cultivated.

Text by L Murray May 2013; edited KL Wilson Aug 2013
Taxon concept: R. Faden in Flora of North America vol. 22

One species in NSW: Gibasis pelludica

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